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|Stachys germanica - downy woundwort|
This rare plant is either a biennial or a short-lived perennial. The species requires a level of soil disturbance so that the heavy seeds may germinate during the temporary reprise from more aggressive competitors, and it has benefited from scrub clearance, two to three year rotovating, verge cutting and even a stubble fire.
It flowers from July onwards, sometimes into the autumn. Tall, multistemmed plants produce the most flowers, and the amount of seed set is highest where bumblebees are numerous and most active.
The seeds are able to remain dormant for a long period, and the plant can return to areas from which it has been absent for some time after hedges are cut back or the ground is disturbed.
more information on http://www.kew.org/plants-fungi/Stachys-germanica-.htm
It is an old photo, taken not far from my house in this region. It is an interesting species, a common species but a bit rare
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